Archive for November, 2010

Cheese and Whine

My youngest says cheese and I whine….right here and right now! You see everytime I go into a class that my boys are in, and take pictures, my own lil angel horses around and I get crappy pictures of them! UGH>>>.
Then, I leave the classroom annoyed at my lil angel, yet happy to take pictures of all the second grade creatures…when I hear the pitter patter of a very familiar run at full speed behind me

He gave me a big bear hug, then I told him it was time to do some learn’n and sent him on his way! That felt like a million and some change…I tell you what!

November 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm 1 comment

It’s the best thing I”ve ever made

I over heard Nick say that to Joe at the completion of his diorama of The Littles to the Rescue. His Nana made the miniatures of Tom and Lucy and Nick did the rest.

I love the pride he had as he was heading to bed….dig it, dig him!

November 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm 1 comment

Bike or Kite, then Checkers

Biking won the family debate. It was so windy I was sure we would be kite flying, but nope….it was a biking in the wind, at the beach sorta day!

Put Joe’s new Thanksgiving Day Checkerboard to some good use.

Uncle Jimmy played Joe and then Tony, Nana played Tony then Nick. And we had the rest of Thanksgiving day leftovers for Sunday Night Dinner and now….the countdown to Christmas Break is on!

November 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

The holidays are coming

What? We seem organized and punctual. I think this chubby, stay-at-homer just fell in a rabbit hole!

Lights up, tree purchased (along with some cheesy hats), poinsettia for the entryway….

they look like city workers….one person working, and three supervisors.

Thought I’d better take some pictures of the lil elves while the season is new, before I go all grinch on their squirrely lil elf’n selves! Speaking of elf’n….we watched Elf tonight. The boys love it so much they have their favorites lines memorized(not math facts mind you, movie lines).

November 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving
Started our Thanksgiving drive at 8:20 listening to this:

Got to Family at 12:30 and chit chatted with Aunt Lorraine, then scooted over to Tony’s cousin Terese’s house(her kids below)

My ultimate favorite dish, that I’m thankful they make every year is something like this
(not the secret family recipe but something similar)
Vidalia Onion Quiche
1 cup Waverly cracker crumbs
5 teaspoon butter, melted
2 1/2 cup Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
salt and pepper
Combine waverly cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press firmly into a 9 inch pie.
Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
Sauté onions over medium heat in olive oil until translucent.
Spread onions evenly across baked pie crust. Combine milk and eggs; pour over onions. Sprinkle with cheese; season with salt and pepper.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool 10 minutes before serving.
I also love the Carduni Fritti (fried cardoons) and this year I tried an appetizer on hard bread, I think called Caponatina(Eggplant Salad is what I have found online)
We had a great Thanksgiving. It’s always nice to be in a room full of good people.

November 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm 3 comments

7 and a day off of school

I love this. I asked Joe to water the frontyard, after 5 minutes….I found this, a boy playing discovering bugs…..seeing what floats and what doesn’t. I just love it.

Childhood at it’s best.

November 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

Play the Stencil Forward

My friend Debbie recently moved to Minnesota. Before she left she called me up and shared that she had some crafty goodies to give to me. This first thing that popped out of that box was a stencil of a checker board….an idea was born. I decided the second graders should have a fun game to play over the Thanksgiving break, Hubba cut some leftover wood….I had a gloss finish for the top, all I needed was some paint.

The kids had fun making them. One of the Dad’s helped with the bottle cap checkers and another Mom helped stencil the first day and I finished up the second day. I just love spending a few minutes with each kid…they are so unique and amazing. I’m thankful for them, for the parent helpers, and for Debbie for giving me a box that I could pass on.

November 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

Thanks Mrs. Bunn

My third grade teacher made a silhouette of each student on the first day of Star of the Week. It was up all week behind her desk, then it became the cover of a book….each student had to write a page in the book….something positive about you. I dug it. That was the inspiration for the door this month. I remember being amazed that an outline profile of any kid was unique.

I hope Joe and his second grade friends enjoy a similar experience….31 years later, and I am sending this picture to Mrs. Bunn with a thank you for making me feel special(all of us really)!

November 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm 1 comment

Creative Day

Nick was feeling creative and he decided paper was his medium of choice. I was working on a school craft project in the next room watching his 4th grade self create. He made many things, I only interupted his first project with a photo….a rocketship!

November 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Part 1

Took the boys to see Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows. They loved it. Joe said it went too fast. Nick said he wished Dobby didn’t pass. And Tony thought the whole thing was pretty good.

November 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

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